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If you listen to the persistent murmur in the market surrounding the Internet of Things right now, you'd believe that it's all about sensors. Sensors and big data. Sensors that monitor everything from entertainment habits to health status to more mundane environmental data about your h...
A key development for the Internet of Things will be the evolution and emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and email. Lori MacVittie wrote a while back about the need for an ‘SNS’ ...
When people talk about Big Data, the emphasis is usually on the Big. Certainly, Big Data applications are distributed largely because the size of the data on which computations are executed warrants more than a typical application can handle. But scaling the network that provides conne...
If you've had to test one of today's composite applications, you know that "access" has become one of the most daunting barriers to SDLC acceleration. Whether we're talking about access to dev/test environments or access to dependent applications, the ability to pull all the required p...
In Part 1, I looked at what could be behind Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and subsequent purchase of Oculus Rift. How are these seemingly different acquisitions related? There is no question that both Facebook and Google are in a race to build the next-generation computing/communi...
The other day I found myself in a discussion with a prospect regarding the merits of capturing complete stack traces for every transaction that flowed through their production system. You see AppDynamics doesn’t do that; we capture problematic business transactions, and this bloke seem...
Good morning! Or evening, if you happen to be reading this on the other side of the world. Our topic for today is the internet. What? You already know about the internet? No, no, I don’t mean that internet, the boring old one you use to access YouTube and send Facebook updates, e...
I was recently reading Freakonomics’ authors Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner’s latest book, Think Like a Freak, and passed over a quote that really resonated with me: So rather than address their root causes, we often spend billions of dollars treating the symptoms and are left t...
If LinkedIn profiles are any indication, User Experience (frequently shortened to UX) is the new orange. Indeed, across all manners of technology, there is an increasing focus on improving user experience. Driven in part by Apple’s success on the consumer side, it would appear that IT ...
OTT and Operator partnerships are becoming more commonplace, with new joint deals being announced every week. Some operators are still not ready to fully embrace this model - why? Operators understand the benefits of the partnership model: the competitive relationship between OTT and ...
The supply chain is evolving, and buyers need to analyze and predict, but also to manage risk. When Capgemini's business information management (BIM) practices unit needed to provide big data capabilities to its insurance company customers, it needed to deliver the right information t...
As revenues from traditional voice and messaging channels continue to dwindle, operators are reassessing their role in the digital communication value chain, and defining what value they can bring to their customers. Of course "customers" increasingly includes partners as well as end ...
On the one hand, the BYOX trends that drive cloud service adoption and worker self-enablement are transforming traditional IT into a User-Centric IT model that focuses on empowering and enabling workers. On the other hand, the free-wheeling nature of the cloud and the regular news of ...
Did you read that Uber, the mobile application company, received $1.2 billion in additional VC investment this month? Why would investors be willing to invest so much? Investors believe that Uber is among a group of mobile app companies capable of disrupting entire industries. They are...
Retailing has always been hard, but it is getting even harder. Brick and mortar stores are struggling to get people into their buildings to see and buy their products. Even when customers enter the store and look at the products, they often reach for their smartphone to check prices ...
In this fast changing world of transformation, digital transformation, the rules of business are being changed before our eyes due to the impact of mobile technologies, big data, social media, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, etc. The strategies of yesteryear are no longer del...
I'll explain the difference between two major categories in in-memory computing: In-Memory Database and In-Memory Data Grid. A few months ago, I spoke at the conference where I explained the difference between caching and an in-memory data grid. Today, having realized that many people...
In many industries today the competitive battleground is quickly shifting to the effective use of data to drive marketing, sales, customer support, R&D, and to deliver hyper-personalized user experiences and digital products. These changes are most readily seen in companies that engag...
In production support it is often hard to correlate what might be happening on local servers with what users are reportedly experiencing. In April, the developers for a Java application that handles electronic distribution of scanned mail and electronic faxes were receiving reports tha...
You often hear people say, ‘oh, this is a living document,’ to indicate that the information is continually updated or edited to reflect changes that may occur during the life of the document. Your infrastructure is also living and dynamic. You make changes, updates or upgrades to addr...
A new mobility report from Ericsson projects that the number of net-connected devices will increase by three or four times over the next five years. There were some 200 million machine-to-machine devices online by the end of 2013 — a broad term that describes any device that exchanges ...
How many different solutions do you need in order to implement an enterprise quality mobile solution? I think this is a worthy question. In years past MEAP (mobile enterprise application platform) and MADP (mobile application development platform) vendors tried to cover all of your nee...
BriefingsDirect had an opportunity to uncover more about about such new, agile business services at the recent 2014 Ariba LIVE Conference in Las Vegas when we spoke to Erik Gershwind, President and CEO of MSC Industrial Supply in Melville, New York. MSC has been using the Ariba Networ...
I have taught classes and half-day workshops on mobile and digital strategies in 17 different countries around the world in the past three years. Some of the most interesting discussions during these classes and workshops are around the following topics - the strategies behind the mobi...
Through our more than 200 security algorithms, StealthWatch is able to digest metadata known as NetFlow coming off of switches, routers, and various perimeter security devices to present an actionable, continuous macro level view of what has seeped through the perimeter. Using many of...
I recently came across a blog post on OpenOpsIQ asking the question: "With the introduction of real-time logging, why cant we have a single solution for monitoring the entire stack?" In my opinion, you can! As we have seen lately from a survey we carried out across a sample of the Loge...
If you're an executive that's concerned about the high-cost of proprietary software, you're not alone. If your IT team pushes back whenever Line of Business leaders ask them for feature enhancements that goes beyond the limits of the commercial software packages they've licensed, then ...
Senior executives at progressive companies have been on a mission -- they're raising the bar of expectations for leaders of their significant investment in business technologies. Providing reliable access to IT resources and reporting on system up-time objectives are unlikely to gain r...
When we think about what’s next, our frame of reference is almost universally anchored to what we are doing now. We look at how things are, and then we aim our sights forward. In some cases, we might make incremental moves ahead; in other cases, maybe we look for improvement by orders ...
I moved recently. Not too far away nor to a different state, just the other side of town. It is simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. Most people in the U.S. moving during the summer. Kids are out of school, the weather is mostly nice, friends might be available to help and you a...
The Internet has been buzzing over the recent news of a federal proposal that creates the equivalent of “slow” and “fast” lanes online. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday, May 15, 3-2 in favor of a new proposal that enables the creation of Internet fast lanes...
Pop quiz: Your development team is developing a new mobile application. Should they optimize it for use over a mobile network or over WiFi? Another way to ask that same question is, "Should they provide a great quality of experience for users over a mobile network or over WiFi? And y...
One of my most interesting achievements in life is having the first downloadable mobile game ever rejected. I was running an internal games team back in the days of the emergence of J2ME and we were actually running custom built MIDP 2.0 emulators (that I had to build myself) on top of...
It turns out that a real-time business-process approach to billing, ordering and settlement terms between buyers and sellers benefits both American Electric Power, one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the U.S., and its many vendors. BriefingsDirect had an opportunit...
With the establishment of mobile web and native mobile apps, your website isn’t the only customer touch point anymore. Mike Austin, Director of e-Commerce at RoomsToGo said it best: “Our customers expect the same experience throughout all our channels no matter if it is the website, m...
Node-RED created in an IBM laboratory (UK) is a GUI for wiring up the Internet of Things (IoT)built-on Node.JS. It is possible that some of you have known, or used LabView. LabView is a GUI for wiring up complex laboratory equipment like Voltage sources, measuring instruments, automa...
This book is a good place to start iOS development, but I would recommend already knowing Objective-C. Chapter 2, Objective-C Boot Camp, gives a refresher on Objective-C, but you'll need more than what it provides. A great place to get started is with Objective-C Programming: The Big ...
When the U.S. Appeals Court struck down the Open Internet Order’s rules that prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from site-blocking and providing preferential service, the debate surrounding the true definition of an open and unfettered Internet reached fever pitch. Most of the ...
This week's "bad news" with respect to information security centers on Facebook and the exploitation of HTTP caches to affect a DDoS attack. Reported as a 'vulnerability', this exploit takes advantage of the way the application protocol is designed to work. In fact, the same author who...
Forgotten in the outcry over the NSA snooping on people’s online activities is that our favorite websites and online marketers do the same thing every day. However, profiling, tracking and third-party leaks will soon be tools of the past. Re2You is re-imagining how we use the Internet....